Worcester has a history of porcelain manufacture that stretches back over 250 years, giving the city a most fortunate aspect to it's industrial and social history. Five major sites of manufacture have existed in that time, one of which survived until relatively recently as the world famous Worcester Royal Porcelain Company. The following map has been devised to introduce the visitor or local history buff to the geographical & historical development of the porcelain industry in Worcester.
SUGGESTED TRAIL WALK
Start from Severn Street (parking available at Royal Worcester Visitor Centre & nearby). Walk towards river, the Diglis Hotel, former home of R.W. Binns, is on your left. Turn right onto Kleve Walk, passing Cathedral & walk towards the bridge. When you reach the car park in front of Worcester College of Technology you reach the site of the 1751 factory, the northern bounds of the factory roughly correlate to the line of Copenhagen Street. Walk up Quay Street, where you are now in the vicinity of the china mill. At end of Quay Street, you will see the Massalla Lounge restaurant opposite and this and next door is where Doctor Wall and William Davis are purported to have carried out their initial experiments. Cross Deansway by All Saints Church (this church was surrounded by closely knit housing in Georgian times, many of the inhabitants no doubt finding work at the new porcelain manufactory).Walk along Broad Street towards The Cross. Broad Street was the location of several fine china shops in the nineteenth century. Turn left at the top of Broad Street and walk toward Foregate Street. The Grill & Flames restaurant is the former site of Grainger's china shop. Doctor Wall's house is situated in The Foregate (Valentinos restaurant) which was also the home of Charles Hastings.
Two options are now available to you:
1/ You can now return down The Foregate and along High Street, passing the locations of the original shops of Flight and Chamberlain,walk past the Cathedral and walk along College Precincts and back to Severn Street.
2/ You can visit the sites of the Grainger factory(ten minute walk from Doctor Wall's house) & Locke factories (twenty minute walk from Doctor Wall's house. Walk down Pierpoint Street (location of the Worcester Government School of Art), Sansome Walk, Lowesmoor, Shrub Hill Road (at the corner of Shrub Hill Road is the magnificent old Victorian factory building that housed the Worcestershire Exhibition of 1882 where both the WRPC and Grainger's exhibited). After passing Shrub Hill station walk under the railway bridge towards the Newtown Road. The first factory on your right is the former premises of Locke & Co. Return under railway bridge and cross over road and walk down Tallow Hill, crossing over a small canal bridge. On reaching a roundabout the premise of Grainger's can be seen on the right.To return to Severn Street, turn left at The City Walls Road and follow to the end and cross over into Edgar Street.Alternatively cross over The City Walls Road, return to The Cross, turn left and journey up High Street as in option 1/.
The Royal Worcester Visitor Centre is a must to visit when in Worcester and houses the world renowned Museum of Worcester Porcelain.
The Royal Worcester website is well worth a visit:
GUIDE TO MAP
THE FIVE TEAPOTS ON THE MAP REPRESENT THE MAIN FACTORIES INVOLVED
IN THE HISTORY OF WORCESTER PORCELAIN. CLICK ON THEM TO DISCOVER
MORE ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL FACTORIES.